Music Video Review: Walk the Moon's 'One Foot'
With a freshly bleached mullet mohawk and a distinct nomadic-desert-hippie vibe, singer Nicholas Petricca bobs along to the bubbly indie pop that Walk The Moon is famous for, as cheery as ever despite the relative barrenness of the desert landscape behind him.
Petricca's wacky dance moves dominate most of the “One Foot” music video, interspersed with a few shots of a graceful dancer, the band together as a whole and a few shots of Petricca serenading the sky. From the first few lines of the song, it’s easy to figure out where the inspiration for the setting came from. “Not a soul up ahead and nothing behind / There’s a desert in my blood and a storm in your eyes,” Petricca sings as he stares boldly into the camera, a geometric stripe design running down each of his cheeks.
Both the production style and face paint are pretty consistent with Walk The Moon’s older aesthetic, seen on songs like “Quesadilla” and “Anna Sun.” Although “One Foot” isn’t terrible, it isn’t exactly groundbreaking, either, especially when compared to more bizarre, story-centered videos and even Walk The Moon’s own “Shut Up and Dance.”
Although the music video is lackluster, the song itself is undeniably catchy, with the same tireless energy that pervaded 2014’s uptempo, positive Talking is Hard. The track is similar to “Shut Up and Dance” in terms of style, composition and energy, especially with respect to the chorus — both tracks have a memorable, chant-like line that contains the song title — though “One Foot” lacks the harder riffs that set “Shut Up and Dance” apart as more of a party song.
With Walk The Moon’s consistent sound and release style, dependability might be the band’s greatest asset. In an industry where artists are continually redefining their identities, Walk The Moon fans at least know what they’re getting.